This was a first for me, a beautiful praying mantis settled on my arm a few days ago when I was catching the last rays of summer sun in our courtyard. Startled, I think that the mantis and I just froze, then it turned its head towards me with its extremely large eyes. Of course I shouted for Paul to get the camera. Which must have unnerved it a little because it moved off my arm and onto the chair leg.
They are so much bigger than I anticipated them to be.
You can see the size of the mantis compared with the phone on the floor.
All mantis have enlarged forelegs which are adapted for catching and gripping their pray, their upright posture, while remaining stationary with folded forearms, has given them the name of “Praying Mantis”.
In the picture above you can see that our visitor tried with some success to camouflage itself.
Not so lucky on a white wall but such a gorgeous colour.
Mantis were considered at one time to have supernatural powers by the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Egyptians. They are among the insects most commonly kept as pets.
15th October Saint-Vincent-De-Cosse Pink’Athlon for Cancer research.
14th to the 18th November Sarlat Film Festival.